FRC Team 972
Building Robots, Building Engineers
Iron Claw is a First Robotics Competition (FRC) team run by the Los Gatos High School Robotics Club. This is the team’s second year at LGHS after being restarted. We look forward to seeing our fellow teams this year at the Central Valley Regional and at the Silicon Valley Regional!
Team 972 was founded as “Steel Paw” in 2002. You can see a video of their rookie year robot at the Silicon Valley Regional here. 972’s name later changed to “Iron Paw”. Unfortunately, team 972 stopped competing in 2008 due to a lack of interest and the retirement of the lead mentor. Students traveled to Pioneer High School’s team 668, the Apes of Wrath to continue participating in robotics.
Soon, enough interest built up for the Robotics Club to reform at LGHS. We participated as team 6730 in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) in 2012. FTC is a smaller-scale and lower-cost robotics competition. In fall of 2014, the program grew enough for LGHS to field a second FTC team, 9097. At the end of the 2015 FRC season, the Los Gatos High School Robotics Club decided to split off from Pioneer High School and the Apes of Wrath due to fast-increasing interest in robotics and our team’s growing size.
We are now restarting team 972 as “Iron Claw”. Our mission is to develop and nurture interest in STEM within the Los Gatos community and to teach our members real-life STEM skills, teamwork, and gracious professionalism.
Our team’s former website can still be found here. Our progress through the years can also be found at the Blue Alliance, a website that keeps team information, event results, and video from previous years for all FRC teams.
To learn about the robots our team has built, click here.
Iron Claw started off the 2016-2017 school year by introducing Los Gatos High School’s first-ever Robotics class. Students in the class have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of robotics, including programming, electrical and mechanical skills, CAD, fundraising, and leadership. The class allows students to learn these invaluable skills in a classroom setting, while also preparing them for the upcoming FRC season. The elective is open to all students, and it gives students class credit to recognize them for their hard work. Students interested in the class should talk to Mr. Coppelli, the engineering/robotics teacher.